Labour's Joan Burton is power-groomed to the max
Boudicca Burton was ready for battle. Despite the suddenness of Eamon Gilmore's announcement, Joan hadn't just tumbled from the cot yesterday morning, dragged a brush through her hair and hastily grabbed whatever hat came to hand to hurl into the ring.
She was a vision of power-grooming as she sallied forth on to the plinth of Leinster House, ringed by a doughnut of supporters including her proposer and seconder, Carlow-Kilkenny TD Ann Phelan and Dublin South-West's Eamonn Maloney.
The demure brunette locks she sported two days previously as she stood with her colleagues and watched her boss announce his resignation were gone, replaced by a perfectly-styled coiffure of gold highlights.